A Memoir as a Historical Source in Understanding Genocide

Analyze the advantage or disadvantages of the memoir as a historical source in understanding genocide and political violence.

Break apart the memoir as a historical source into its components:

  • Who wrote it?
  • What does it say?
  • What is the perspective?
  • What does it tell us about racism?
  • What issues do memoirs pose as historical sources?
  • Why are these memoirists writing down their memories?
  • How do they shape their narrative to convey a particular message?
  • Do they have an agenda?
  • What do these books offer that a work of historical scholarship couldn’t?